Noise wrote:Just say no to trading Letang or Kennedy
I'd trade Goligoski before either one of them
Also that package for Antropov is hideous overpayment. The dude's a rental. And he's no Hossa. Why people keep comparing him and Horton value wise is beyond me. Horton's signed to a bargain contract for the next 4 years. Antropov's is an upcoming UFA.
Antropov's best season was last year and he had 56 pts. Hossa had one full season where he got less than 56 pts. And Hossa's a great defensive winger as well.
No way the pens pay a 1st + Letang or Kennedy for Antropov. That's a better than last years package for Hossa. Letang > Esposito, 1st 2009 > 1st 2008, and Armstrong and Christensen are worthless.
The point of trading for Antropov would be to re-sign him, probably for right around what Horton is paid, in the 4-4.5 mil range. We can't afford anyone more expensive, and you're not going to pry good players from teams without overpaying in trades, it's reality, not stupidity by the GMs. Antropov put up 56 points in 72 games last season, or roughly .7778 pts/game, good for 63 in an 82 game season. He's got 30 in 37 games this season, .81 pts/game. On pace for 66 points.
Horton only has 15 points in 27 games played this season, .55pts/game. On pace for only 45 points this 82 game season. And his career best is only 62 points in 82 games.
So how exactly is Horton a better Bargain than Antropov? He's having a much worse season this year that Antropov and hasn't really done anything to set himself apart. Antropov is 4 inches taller, has just entered his prime, and if you've seen any of him the past 2 years, he's really matured into an offensive force. They're almost exactly the same as far as the production you'd get, and Antropov is no defensive slouch either. Plus you get a mentally matured player in his prime with Antropov, who is 4 inches and 10 lbs bigger.
It depends on what your preference is I guess, youth or maturity, but to say...
"that package for Antropov is hideous overpayment. The dude's a rental. And he's no Hossa. Why people keep comparing him and Horton value wise is beyond me. Horton's signed to a bargain contract for the next 4 years." is quite ridiculous when you look at the facts.